merakindie is an alternative independent booking and promotional community, founded by Emma Kelly in 2016. We connect creatives with their ideal audiences. We adopt an original and innovative approach. merakindie chooses only to work with those who we feel we can really make a positive difference to. We use our brains but we have soul. We love original music and the artists that create it. We forge media and industry connections and establish longstanding relationships. We select the most inspiring venues and book the most special shows.

In addition to national and international music artists, we have also promoted broader cultural happenings – community markets, arts events, festivals – always espousing innovation towards a common purpose: unlimited opportunity. We value optimism and enthusiasm and are always open to new conversations. Contact us with any queries or ideas for potential collaborations.

Community and solidarity.

If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.
— Charles Bukowski.
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International Women’s Day 2018

With International Women’s Day (March 8th) approaching, Roundy booker/Merakindie touring head Emma Kelly has recruited a group of her friends, including psych-folker Elaine Malone, photographer Izabela Szczutkowska, Marjie Kaley and sound engineer Francesca de Buyl-Pisco, to organize a four-day event to raise money for the Rape Crisis Centre in Cork. With the event kicking off on International Women’s Day itself, the multi-discliplinary line-up aims to celebrate female artistry and collaboration while raising awareness for a very important cause.

Running from March 8th-11th upstairs in Castle Street’s multidiscplinary arts space, there will be live performances from such acts as Lowlek, Malone, Dowry and all-female improvised group HEX. Backing the musical bill will be performance art from Imma Pavon, Linda Cullen and Noelle O’Reagan, the “Come out and Play” cabaret curated by writer/poet Tina Pisco as well as DJs, spoken word, poetry, a daytime craft market and what Kelly refers to as “a few surprises along the way”.

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SIGNAL new music night

People coming together is a recurring theme (and positive development) in the local scene, so it’s with goodwill that two of the city’s busiest independent promoters in Emma Kelly (Merakindie/The Roundy) and Cormac Daly (Cosmonaut Music/Undercurrent) announce this week that they’re joining forces and pooling resources with Jamie Coughlan of Cork-based alternative blog/podcast Overblown for Signal, a monthly music night dedicated to emerging Irish and UK acts.

The project came together amid Kelly and Daly’s respective operations taking off in the last while, staggering their schedules but also providing a common purpose for the promoters at a time of slim margins and hard slog, according to Kelly. “Putting on gigs on your own can be really stressful, financially and mentally, there’s a lot of work involved. In this way, coming together, we share the workload, and we’re all on the same page. Strength in numbers, and all that.”

Speaking on the trio’s aims for the new project, Kelly says: “We aim to build a regular night putting on quality acts we choose, interested in varying genres on the night, and bringing down bands who may not have a following down here, but are popular (elsewhere). We want to strengthen ties between ourselves and other promoters who are putting on gigs across the country.” Aside from a local joining of forces, the trio hope to build collectively on their respective networks of fellow promoters and contacts, and are already looking into ideas for co-operation and gig exchange. “We hope to work with promoters (in other cities) in putting on shows for bands. It’d be cool to do a Signal takeover night in Limerick, Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, wherever will have us!”

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RED FM interview

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 - 1 hour 11 minutes

This week on the podcast we’re talking with Merakindie promoter, The Roundy (@roundybar) booker and one-third of the Signal gig collective, Emma Kelly (@emmamerakindie). Chats about booking gigs and tours, running venues & spaces, and what goes into making touring work for Cork artists. Tunes from The Altered Hours, Elaine Malone, Ghostking is Dead, and more! 01. Elaine Malone - You (@elai_malo) 02. Crevice - Anchorless (@creviceband) 03. Fixity - Hungry Clouds (@danwalshdrums) 04. The Altered Hours - Dig Early (@thealteredhours) 05. The Great Balloon Race - Did It On My Own (@thegreatballoon) 06. The Shaker Hymn - Sucking it Out (@theshakerhymn) 07. Ghostking is Dead - Fool (@deadroyalboi) 08. Automatic Blue - Happy House (@drewlinehan) 09. Shookrah - Woman (@shookrah)

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Finding Plugd a new home in The Roundy

So, that’s official, then: Plugd Records survives and lives to thrive another day, reopening as part of Cork gig venue The Roundy next weekend with a brace of gigs.

Since opening in the old Comet Records building on Washington Street in 2001, PLUGD Records has been integral to Cork music. Working extensively with local artists and providing the city’s independent music scene with something of a community centre, proprietor Jim Horgan and crew have consistently provided a rich vein of eclectic sonics, art and media in a variety of physical formats, satisfying Cork’s music diehards in various buildings and outlets in the city. Among these was the Triskel Arts Centre, where Horgan hosted regular concerts and events with local and international artists, adding another string to the group’s bow.

It’s this expertise, experience and eclecticism that Jim brings to The Roundy, as Plugd teams with venue booker Emma Kelly (Merakindie Presents) to reopen the shop in the bar’s event space, as well as curate an ongoing series of gigs and clubs.

To celebrate the official opening weekend, Kelly and Horgan have put together a weekend of events featuring Los Angeles drone/noise band Robedoor and Cork-based artists like electronic duo Lakerama, rapper/conceptual artist Outsider Y.P., live techno outfit ooSe, all-female improv group HEX and lo-fi beatsmith Gadget and the Cloud.

Plugd’s regular vinyl offering returns in the space during daytime hours, and the shop will also expand into independent publications and limited visual art prints. The space will also host exhibitions curated by Cork-based photographer Izabela Szczutkowska and world-travelled sound artist Mick O’Shea in the near future.

Says Kelly of the new relationship: “I’m delighted to be working with Jimmy, big respect for what he created in Plugd/Gulpd, it became such an important place for a lot of people, so I’m very happy to be bringing that space to a new home. Frank (Bradley, proprietor, The Roundy) has been fantastic. His open-mindedness, support and enthusiasm has been so important in making this happen, everything is coming together really well. We want this to be a place where everybody feels comfortable coming into, we’ve got great gigs lined up for the next couple of months, in an eclectic mix of genres.”

Adds Horgan: “It has been great working with Emma and Frank in the Roundy these last months. We have big plans for the space and we are excited about collaborating with Cork’s creative community to make great things happen. Upstairs at the Roundy will function as a record and print store, café, gallery, and event space, four days a week; and we’ll be developing new ideas along the way. I’m really looking forward to having Plugd back in action and welcoming back friends and familiar faces.”

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Merakindie announces alternative Irish Tour: 3 Will Tour

The 3 Will Tour will support and promote independent venues by taking place in locales not traditionally used as live music settings.

Three of Ireland’s most highly touted new artists, Paula Cox, Paul Creane and The Man Whom, will be part of the collaborative tour, in promotion of their singles ‘Let’s Play A Game’, ‘I Need You Here To Love Me’ and ‘Four Hurdles’.

The tour's innovative approach will be undertaken to support local independent businesses in the spirit of community and collaboration, with unorthodox venues as The Happy Pear in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and Carousel Vintage Clothes Shop in Cork all being used as settings.

The three acts will play a total of 18 dates (see list below), kicking off in Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny on March 3, 2017, and concluding in Murphy's Barn, Wexford, on April 8. All three acts will sing and play on each other’s material.

According to tour manager Emma Kelly, “Although not exclusive to non-traditional music venues, we are choosing to put on shows in those special local independently run businesses who are keen be involved and support the indie culture of Ireland. This tour is all about community and collaboration, and is reflected by the artists themselves, who will be singing on each other’s material. By doing things this way, we want to shine a positive light on independent Ireland.”

Paula Cox is a highly-rated vocalist and songwriter. An early starter, she was lead singer in The Bush, The Tree & Me when only 14. Signed to Epic in 2000, they recorded their first album with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). Following her move to Ireland she has performed and recorded with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Cathy Davey, Pierce Turner and The Frames. Her solo album, to be released in 2017, will be mixed by Cenzo Townsend (Florence And The Machine, Snow Patrol). Its stunning first track ‘Let's Play A Game’ is out now.